Player wrong not to stand

The Daily Herald - - OPINION -

“Oh, say can you see, by the dawn’s early light?”

There is no coun­try on earth that is per­fect, the United States of Amer­ica in­cluded.

When a law of­fi­cer and cit­i­zen con­front each other, both can make the wrong de­ci­sions, re­gard­less of race or re­li­gion. If you’re told to raise your hands or step off the street, make the right de­ci­sion or be pre­pared to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for mak­ing the wrong one. Po­lice of­fi­cers risk their lives ev­ery sin­gle day to bring us law and or­der. Can you see that by the dawn’s early light? They are not per­fect. They have fam­i­lies, they have prob­lems, just like the rest of us. Could you do their job by the dawn’s early light?

Play­ing our na­tional an­them at sport­ing events is meant to honor all those that have given their lives for our coun­try. If you are a mil­lion­aire sports fig­ure and you can’t stand to see by the dawn’s early light, then get off the field, leave the sta­dium and find a bet­ter coun­try to live in. Don’t be sur­prised if you have to take a re­duc­tion in pay and lose some of your free­dom of speech.

Ed Wal­ton Marysville

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